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New York Islanders Three Prospects Making A Ton of Noise

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Oliver Wahlstrom

Draft: 2018, 11th overall

In the 2018 NHL draft, the New York Islanders held the eleventh and 12th overall pick. With the eleventh pick, the Islanders drafted Oliver Wahlstrom.

This was a player that scored 94 points with 48 goals in 62 games during the 2017-18 season. That’s a goal every 0.77 games. Just to put that in perspective. Scoring at that rate in the NHL, over a full 82 games, would return 63 goals.

I did that not to suggest he could score 63 goals in the NHL, but just to demonstrate that Oliver Wahlstrom scores a lot. And that scoring has continued with his new NCAA team Boston College.

While the season hasn’t officially started yet Wahlstrom has already earned Hockey East’s rookie of the week. Over the weekend BC won 8-1 over the New Brunswick Varsity Reds in an exhibition match. Wahlstrom picked up two goals and four shots on net in the process.

Wahlstrom is seen as that big-time blue chip prospect in the Islanders organization. A prospect that’s projected to do great things when they eventually reach the NHL.

It seems that Wahlstrom is continuing where he left off from the US National Development Program form before the draft. Something that bodes well for a New York Islanders team that will have all the time in the world for the right-handed sniper next season.

Remember, the right side of the forward group is the Islanders weakest. Even if the New York Islanders keep Jordan Eberle they’ll need more warm bodies down the right in 2019-2020.

It’s not hard to imagine Oliver Wahlstrom filling up the net as Mathew Barzal dishes him the puck in a years time.

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